Jeffrey Jay Schultz

September 25, 1949–January 11, 2018

Jeffrey Jay Shultz died peacefully on Thursday, January 11, 2018 in San Diego, CA. He will be remembered by his many friends and colleagues as a person who was incredibly kind and generous, who devoted much of his time to mentoring young scholars and creating inventive new programs for undergraduates, as someone with a fierce commitment to justice and equity, a person with enormous integrity and a sparkling and clever sense of humor, and as a scholar with a rare kind of brilliance that catches you by surprise and takes your breath away. He leaves his soul mate, Norah Peters Shultz, along with his beloved daughter, Julia Brown, son-in-law, Alex, and granddaughters, Nina, Hannah and Violet, from Redlands, CA.

Schultz was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2002. It was important to him that people knew it was possible to live a full life with Parkinson’s Disease. He and Norah traveled constantly, right up to two weeks before he was hospitalized in the fall. In addition to being a brilliant scholar who received many awards and a compassionate mentor, Schultz had a passion for photography and baseball. He and Norah shared a love of baseball, and their treasured memories include watching their Phillies win the 2008 World Series.

Born in September 25, 1949 and raised in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, Schultz grew up fully fluent in both Spanish and English and developed a lifelong love and respect for the Spanish language and its speakers. Attending Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a theoretical mathematics major, he became a volunteer tutor in a bilingual preschool in Boston’s South End. From this experience, he was drawn to graduate study in education at Harvard, with a focus on issues of language, culture, and educational justice. Schultz received his doctorate from Harvard in 1975 and taught at the University of Cincinnati before joining the faculty of Arcadia University as chair of the Education Department. He was a beloved and highly respected professor, colleague, and leader at Arcadia, where he worked for 30 years in a variety of roles.

Schultz made a significant contribution to the field of anthropology and education and, more recently, to re-conceptualizing global learning for undergraduates. He was president of the Council on Anthropology and Education in its early years and continued to have a strong presence at the AAA Annual Meeting as well as Penn’s Ethnography in Education Forum, where he was honored for his contributions in 2013 and where he designed and led the Data Analysis Sessions for many years. Those sessions embodied Jeff Schultz’s commitment to creating a context for scholars to openly discuss initial ideas about analysis in a supportive public setting. We will all deeply miss him. (Frederick Erickson, Susan Florio-Ruane, Kathy Schultz, Ellen Skilton)

Cite as: Erickson, Frederick, Susan Florio-Ruane, Kathy Schultz, and Ellen Skilton. “Jeffrey Jay Schultz.” Anthropology News website, February 21, 2018. DOI: 10.1111/AN.782

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